Jul 9, 2011 7:00pm EDT
. >> secretary of defense making a trip to afghanistan and telling the world that al-qaida is on the verge of defeat. the most optmistic prediction of the u.s. leader yet saying the u.s. can eliminate and capture leaders in pakistan and yemen. >> i think we have them on the run. i think now is the moment. now is the moment following what happened with what happened to bin laden to put maximum pressure on them because, i do believe that if we continue this effort, that we can cripple al-qaida as a threat to this country. >> and the secretary's schedule in afghanistan is packed and first the meeting with the top u.s. commander general petraeus here and holding a face to face with afghan hamid karzai. they want to with draw 23,000 troops. >> david piper is on the phone from kabul. >> the newly appointed defense secretary arrive went straight in the talks with afghan president karzai and he said the draw down of u.s. troops. he hopes to drive the taliban to peace talks in that period so there can be a reconcilation in this country and the defense secretary w upbeat about killing out al-qaida.
Jul 9, 2011 4:00pm EDT
at the white house. >> heather: defense secretary leon panetta traveling to afghanistan. he says that the u.s. is targeting up to 20 key leaders of the al-qaeda based on information gathered during that raid on osama bin laden's compound in pakistan and terror group is now within reach. david is live from kabul, afghanistan. >> reporter: the duly appointed defense secretary arrived here a few hours ago to find out for himself the situation on the ground here. he has brief talks with military officials including david petraeus and then he went straight into a meeting with the afghan president hamid karzai. their discussions included the transition of nato held areas of afghan control starting in july but also the drawdown of u.s. troops over the next year. he says he hopes to drive the taliban into peace talks over that period. he also said he was upbeat about prospects of defeating al-qaeda if they can capture and kill remaining leaders. >> i would say somewhere around 10 to 20 key leaders, between pakistan, yemen, so somalia and north africa, if we can go after them, i think we really can
Jul 9, 2011 1:00pm EDT
. secretary leon panetta is in afghanistan the first time since taking over for the pentagon and saying the defeat of al-qaeda is now within rea rea reach. >> jamie: and this is a fox news alert. we have brand new video to he show you of the latest rounds of arrest in syria, anti-government protesters taken into custody for showing support over the u.s. ambassador's trip to the region. syrian officials are said to be furious over ambassador robert ford's unannounced visit there, meanwhile, we're getting chilling new details from defected syrian soldiers and they say they were ordered to shoot and killed unarmed syrians, rina ninen in jerusalem for us, rina? >> hi, jamie, we've been waiting to see what happened to syria, following the visit of the u.s. ambassador to syria. and take a look at the new video uploaded a short time ago to a syrian opposition website, shows people being arrested and even fired at. the video claims to have been shot in hamma, syrian commandos reportedly showed the security forces they're fighting terrorists and ordered them to fire into the protesters even afte
Jul 9, 2011 6:00pm EDT
a volkswagen. the 2011 tigua [ grunts ] >> rick: to afghanistan where defense secretary leon panetta is visiting for the first time since taking the top job at the pentagon. the trip shedding new light on intelligence collected in the raid that killed osama bin laden. the pentagon chief says based on it, the u.s. is now targeting up to 20 key leaders at al-qaeda. we're on the verge of taking out the terror network for good, he says. david piper on the phone from kabul with more. david? >> hi, rick. yes, the newly appointed defense secretary is here in the afghan capitol to see for himself the situation on the ground and he went straight to talk with hamid karzai. the discussions included the draw down of u.s. troops over the next year, 10,000 set to leave this year and more next year. panetta hopes to drive the taliban to peace talks during that period so there can be a reconciliation in this country. the defense secretary was also upbeat about prospects of defeating al-qaeda. the key, he says, is to capture or kill the remaining leaders. >> somewhere around 10 to 20 key leaders that